“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
– Fred Rogers
Dear Parents and Friends,
As families gather all over our land for Thanksgiving, we must remember those who don’t have the comforts and freedoms that many of us are provided in this country. Thanksgiving is that time that brings most of our country together in the spirit of welcoming one another home and rekindling the family ties and love that binds us. One of camp’s values is simplicity and that first Thanksgiving started out as a simple welcoming gesture extended to the Pilgrims by Samoset, a chief of the Eastern Abenaki tribe. That welcome came from a group who had every reason to be fearful.
Acceptance is another value we treasure here at camp and that is played out in the work to bring diversity to our camper and staff ranks. As Paris and other cities struck by terrorism, takes a place in our thoughts this holiday season, we all must strive to understand one another and seek out the peace that our world so desperately needs. Through the ages our country has been a beacon and refuge for those wanting a better life and where fear is not lurking over your shoulder. Let us keep our thoughts and prayers focused on those who don’t have a home to go to or a country to live in.
While uncertainty surrounds us sometimes, we must remember what Fred Rogers’ mother told him, “Look for the helpers”. We must look for and be the helpers in a servant leadership role that each of us have in us. We are thankful for your children who attend Gwynn Valley. We are grateful for our own families here at work and we wish you all the best this Thanksgiving holiday. May the “simple joys” surround you and yours in the days ahead.